Project Outdoor Activities Paused

March 25, 2020News

Many of you will know that all outdoor activities as part of the Whiteadder project have paused as a result of social distancing and lockdown measures now implemented to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. We did excavate the possible cairn site on the shore of Whiteadder Reservoir with a much reduced team last … Read More


February 4, 2020East Lothian, Music, stories and ballads

A local band, Barnstorm have responded to the Whiteadder project with their piece ‘Our Scotland’. They originally started as a duet some years ago, has developed into the current line-up of:Carol Dubber: vocals / guitar / mandolin / songwriterChris Dubber: vocals / percussionAlan Bradd: vocals / guitar / banjoKenny Tait: Bass / keyboard They enjoy performing … Read More

The Rig Weeps

February 4, 2020Creative Art

The Rig Weeps, a poem by Kate Campbell: Dark larches reach the cloud and starsAbove a white-grass marsh; the moorWhere shepherds tended sheep and stillsAnd old stones still guard ancient loreWhere frosty trails wind up the rigAnd Mossy Burn half-frozen flows. The night is quiet. The wind is tired.In the still air the owl laments.The old … Read More


February 4, 2020Borders, Creative Art, East Lothian

Artist Fiona McLachlan-Powell has proposed to create sculptural installations inspired by the female agricultural workers from the past called bondagers, who worked in agriculture in East Lothian and Berwickshire. The installation will be of sculptural objects taken from the material culture of the bondagers. They were hired at a hiring fair by hinds who needed … Read More


February 4, 2020Creative Art

Ettie Spencer has responded to the project with her proposal for an installation on the Whiteadder reservoir. Not many people know about the school and farm buildings now hidden at the bottom of the Whiteadder. This artwork will draw attention to the beauty of its surroundings as the floating, luminous, white, ghostly ‘houses’ catch the … Read More

School Workshops: Exploring Duns Law

January 31, 2020Archaeology, Borders, Prehistoric, Workshops

This week, AOC’s community archaeologists have been working with Duns Primary School, taking pupils out into the landscape to explore their archaeology as well as bringing the past into the classroom. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will spend a day with each of the five P5-7 classes, totalling around 130 pupils. … Read More

Place-names workshop

January 22, 2020Archaeology, Borders, East Lothian, Medieval, Prehistoric, Workshops

A small group gathered at the Volunteer Arms in Dunbar on Friday 10th January 2020 to look at and discuss various place-names in the Whiteadder project area. It was a very successful workshop with great input from all. The items discussed will be posted as a page on this website, including a downloadable PDF containing … Read More

The Bunkle Edge Events

December 20, 2019Uncategorized

The Bunkle Edge Events This December we have been fortunate to have been joined by a leading archaeological expert, Mr Strat Halliday, to deliver some of our Whiteadder Events. Strat Halliday, formerly of the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), has a background in prehistory in the Borders and a … Read More